Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Program (Performing Arts Education & Enrichment for Kids), is the only arts education program of its kind offered by a professional dance company in the Bay Area. PEEK provides in-school creative movement curriculum designed to teach students to express their feelings through movement and teamwork. PEEK also allows youth the creative tools to utilize body language and facial expressions as a means of coping with situational challenges.
PEEK, which is based on the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards, has reached over 65,000 under-served children and at-risk teens since 1995. The curricula has been endorsed by federal, state and local policy-makers, including the State Assembly for “Successfully imparting inspiring young people to become actively involved in all that life has to offer.” It’s goals are for students to develop self-esteem by expressing their emotions and experiences through original movement (body language and facial expression); build soft skills such as self-confidence and an increased sense of courage by cooperating with others and working in a group to present a story that has a beginning, middle, and an end, using creative movement rather than words; learn and develop hard skills such as problem-solving, compromise, and positive communication through physical activity and working together in teams.
In 2015, Diablo Ballet was one of just eight state-wide organizations to receive funding from the California Arts Council to bring its PEEK Extension arts education to at-risk teenagers within the Contra Costa County juvenile justice system – a deeply powerful experience.
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PEEK’s Adopt-a-Class Program is a rare gift to children, as the Artistic Director and dancers – whose teaching experience is extraordinary – work directly with the students in under-served elementary school classrooms in twelve sequential sessions, guiding them in using original movement to communicate their feelings. Also included in the curriculum is a field trip to a Diablo Ballet matinee performance for children, where they have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the costumed dancers following the program. The Artistic Director meets with each educator prior to the school year, to customize the Ballet’s sessions. PEEK provides a safe environment to express emotions in movement – strengthening student’s confidence and self-esteem.
“PEEK is amazing- I am so happy that Target has been able to partner with such amazing community partners.” – Target
“We have so much respect for the work that Diablo Ballet does as an organization, and for you all as people working to make this world just a little bit better. We are very proud to partner with you.” – Mechanics Bank